DURSLEY RFC hosted a charity touch rugby tournament earlier this month to raise funds for Rob Camm, a promising player at the club who was severely injured in a car accident early last season.
The other beneficiary was the Matt Hampson Foundation, founded by an England U21 prop who suffered catastrophic injuries at a collapsed scrum in training in 2005.
The event was run between the host club and Dodderers TRFC, led by John Simonett. Dodderers TRFC play touch rugby near Stroud every Sunday morning throughout the year involving ex and current players of all ages and standards.
There were 160 players in 16 teams from Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, ranging from Rednock School to a team of semi professional players called Smith’s Shotguns.
Local clubs Dursley, Thornbury, Wotton, Stroud, Cainscross, Minchinhampton, Cirencester and Chippenham were all represented.
Charlie Sharples of Gloucester RFC and an ex-Dursley RFC youth player, attended as a special guest.
The cup final for the Adey Magnaclean Touch Rugby Trophy saw Smith’s Shotguns beat Stroud RFC 3-1.
Other winners: Plate – Thornbury RFC; Bowl – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Wotton RFC); Spoon – Dursley United.
The trophies were presented by Geoff Davies, president of Gloucestershire RFU who paid tribute to the way Rob Camm has dealt with the aftermath of his accident.
He described him as a 'very special young man' and wished him well at Bristol University, where he enrols this September to read for a degree in Philosophy and Politics.
More than £5,000 was raised for the two charities. A separate cheque for £1,000 from Dursley RFC chairman Simon Bilous was presented to Rob from money raised at their annual summer ball.